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    Helmet Mask (Zogbe) for Sande Society

    • Culture: Gola
    • Medium: Wood, pigment
    • Place Made: Liberia
    • Dates: early 20th century
    • Dimensions: 13 x 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. (33 x 23.5 x 23.5 cm)  (show scale)
    • Collections:Arts of Africa
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 1992.135.1
    • Credit Line: Gift of Drs. John I. and Nicole Dintenfass
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Gola. Helmet Mask (Zogbe) for Sande Society, early 20th century. Wood, pigment, 13 x 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. (33 x 23.5 x 23.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Drs. John I. and Nicole Dintenfass, 1992.135.1. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: overall, 1992.135.1_transp448.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Catalogue Description: Wooden helmet mask framed by intricate coiffure. Bulbous forehead projects as a ridge over facial features: eyes as 2 incised slits (one slightly higher than the other); blocklike nose, wider at base than at top; mouth as a lightly incised depression in area of chin which swells outward; ears at sides as inverted c-forms with a raised ridge. Coiffure; series of six ridged lobes of hair-resembling horns that extend from the crown to the sides of the head and taper to a point at the tips; surface ridges take on a herringbone-like configuration; 2 knoblike protrusions at either end (front and back-back knob perforated by a circular hole); series of parallel horizontal holes around perimeter of base. Color: black Condition: Good. Proper right side: break in surface between 1st and 2nd lobes of hair patched with a piece of tape painted black. Crack along contour of 1st lobe of hair also patched with tape. 2 cracks in surface of crown. Slight chipping off of coiffure tips, proper left side of nose.
    • Record Completeness: Good (73%)
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